As a competent dentist, you can fill a cavity with flair and perform root canal with aplomb. But when it comes to immersing yourself in the labyrinth of bookkeeping activities, your confidence level could take a plunge. Afterall, bookkeeping is a specialized field requiring financial acumen and expertise in organizing and preparing financial records so…Read More
Dentists are always looking for new ways to expand their knowledge because dentistry is ever-changing. Whether it’s through study clubs or dental consultants, there are many routes a dentist can take in order to keep up with the latest developments in dentistry. But what is the best option and how do you know which one…Read More
You spent years getting your education and work experience to be able to open your dental practice. And if you pursued the conventional way of obtaining your qualifications and schooling, you likely did not acquire skills in bookkeeping, or accounting for that matter. When you began your dental practice, you focused on the areas related…Read More
A majority of small businesses are owned by individuals. Sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations, and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) do not pay income taxes. Unless a specific election is made by a small business to be taxed as a C corporation, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) considers these various entity types to be “pass-through” entities.…Read More
Like any business, running a successful dental practice is a numbers game. And it’s not just dollars and cents, but, more importantly, statistical trends that bring to light why your bottom line moves one way or another every year. Being aware of these important numbers will help everyone at your dental business understand the advantages…Read More
In general, if you have 800 active patients that have visited your practice in the last year, you need to provide 3 doctor days and 4 hygiene days to meet the needs of your patients. You can accomplish this by being open only three days a week but have two hygienists working on one of the days (there are many options for making this work for your situation). If you have 1,200 active patients, you will need at least 4 doctor days and 5.5-6 hygiene days. Now, I ask you this question – are you providing enough doctor or hygiene days to meet the needs of your patients? If your answer is no, then you’re leaving additional revenue on the table.Read More
Your Annual Revenue per Patient is the total collections in the past year, or over the last 12 months, divided by the number of active patients you have. For example, $600,000 in collections / 1000 active patients = $600 per patient annually.Read More
dental practices should financially prepare for longer-term interruptions up to six months and not count on government assistance, which may not materialize in the future. If you don’t have that level of reserves, don’t panic. Start increasing the amount you are setting aside for a rainy day now. Wherever you are in your journey, take one step at a time, and one day soon, you will find yourself at your destination.Read More
Always collect at the time of service (before they sit in the chair to start).
If the patient cannot pay at the time of treatment, make sure you have appropriate financial arrangements available within your practice. Payment plans through a third party are recommended.
The only outstanding accounts receivable is with insurance claims.